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Fun and Easy Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts

Simple projects for little pilgrims

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Thanksgiving is an easy holiday to get excited about -- filled with food and family, it's a day reserved simply for celebrating and being thankful for everything we have. It's a holiday that children of all ages can understand, and a good one to involve preschoolers in. A great way to do this is through crafts that both celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving as well as take advantage of all that fall has to offer. Check out these easy Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers and use them to decorate your holiday table.

Thankful Turkey Hands

What you need:
- paper
- one dark marker (for you to use)
- pencil
- scissors
- cardboard
- glue or glue stick
- crayons or makers
- craft materials such as glitter, feathers, yarn, etc. (as needed)

Get crafting!
Trace your preschooler's hand and then enlarge it using a copy machine. Trace the enlarged hand onto cardboard and then cut and glue the paper hand to the cardboard one. On each finger, using a dark marker, write what she is grateful for. (Making memories tip: don't coach her for the "right" answers. If the answer is "Macaroni and Cheese," that's OK and something you'll want to remember and chuckle about in the future!) Once you've filled out all five fingers, let her get to decorating, using any craft supplies you might have on hand. Make a hand of your own, sharing what you are thankful for too. Consider doing this project every year, comparing how your child has grown from Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving.

Make Your Own Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey craft
Laura Johansen
What you need:
- styrofoam ball
- feathers
- orange pipe cleaner
- fuzzy balls
- orange construction paper
- glue or glue stick
- crayons or makers
- craft materials such as glitter, sequins, etc. (as needed)

Get crafting!
Dip the "hard" end of the feathers into glue (lightly), then poke the feathers into half of the styrofoam ball, covering it. Create a beak by cutting a small triangle and folding it out of the construction paper. Glue to the styrofoam ball. Glue fuzzy ball eyes to the styrofoam ball. Cut and shape orange pipe cleaner into feet. Glue and stick them into the styrofoam ball. If your preschooler likes, let him decorate the ball using markers or crayons.

Thanksgiving Leaf Garland

What you need:
- construction paper
- scissors
- string
- hole puncher
- crayons or makers

Get crafting!
Cut out paper leaves in assorted colors. Punch a small hole in the top of each one. As each guest arrives to your home on Thanksgiving, ask them to write what they are thankful for on a leaf. String the leaves together and then use the garland to decorate the room you will be eating in. Preschoolers can be in charge of asking guests to write things down and stringing the leaves onto the garland.

Paper Plate Pilgrims

What you need:
- construction paper
- scissors
- paper plates in different sizes
- crayons, paint or makers
- yarn (for hair)

Get crafting!
Note: This is an easy enough craft to do, but preschoolers may still need some assistance putting all the pieces together.
To make a "boy" pilgrim: To start, cut a paper plate so on the top, there is no grooved edge and on the bottom there is some in the middle. Make a pilgrim hat using black construction paper. The top should be a square and the bottom a rectangle. Using gold construction paper, make a buckle to go in the middle. Glue the hat to the top of the paper plate (away from the grooved edge). Cut out a bow shape and have your preschooler glue it to the grooved part of the paper plate. Have your preschooler decorate the face, adding yarn for hair as she likes.
To make a "girl" pilgrim: To start, cut a paper plate so it looks like a fish horizontally -- there should be grooved edges about 3/4 of the way around the plate, on the top and sides, spaces on either side and then more groove on the bottom. Turn the plate upright so the small grooved edge is on the bottom. (You want there to be a small portion of no grooved edge on the bottom of either side. Cut out a bow shape and have your preschooler glue it to the bottom grooved part of the paper plate. Have your preschooler decorate the face, adding yarn for hair as she likes, underneath the grooved part of the top of the paper plate (the grooved part of the top of the paper plate serves as the hat).

Thanksgiving Tablecloth

What you need:
- a roll of butcher or craft paper
- crayons or makers

Get crafting!
If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year (or even if you aren't), let your preschooler be in charge of creating the Thanksgiving tablecloth. Roll out butcher or craft paper, making it slightly larger than what you'll be eating on. (If you can have her craft on the table you'll eventually be eating at, all the more better.) Let your preschooler decorate the paper however she likes -- traced turkey hands, trees, pumpkins, etc. This could be a daunting task if your table is big, so if there is time and your family is game, consider doing this one on Thanksgiving morning, letting everyone take part in the fun.

"Plymouth Rock" Placeholders

What you need:
- a rock for every person who will be sitting at your Thanksgiving table
- tempera paint
- paint brushes
- drying rack
- macaroni or foam letters
- glue

Get crafting!
Clean each rock and let dry. Let your preschooler paint each rock. Once dry, help her spell out the name of each of your Thanksgiving dinner guests using either macaroni or foam letters onto the rocks.

Turkey Cups

What you need:
- plastic cups
- construction paper in different colors to make paper "feathers" and a beak
- glue or glue stick
- crayons or makers
- wiggle eyes

Get crafting!
Great for keeping track of which cup belongs to who at your Thanksgiving festivities. Cut out paper feathers using construction paper. Print the name of your Thanksgiving guests on at least one feather each. Glue feathers to one side of the cup, making sure there is only one name on each cup. Glue eyes and beak to the other side of the cup.

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